STL Sports Blast: Start of “Holliday” Season- Friday Nov. 18, 2022

Friday, November 18, 2022


It’s the Start of the “Holliday” Season

Hello Friends,

Silver and Gold sum up the MLB post-season awards for the Cardinals with Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers– and the most recent Cardinal to win an award was Paul Goldschmidt winning the National League MVP award Thursday night.The MVP award is given to one outstanding player in each league. It’s Goldschmidt’s latest award during what has been  a busy month, having also been named the winner of the Hank Aaron award as the best hitter in the league, a Silver Slugger award as the best hitting first baseman, the Heart and Hustle award, presented by the Player’s Association and the Player’s Choice award as the most outstanding player in the league.

To read my story about Goldschmidt being named the MVP CLICK HERE.

Matt Holliday is the new Cardinals bench coach along with the other coaching changes the Cardinals announced. For more on that CLICK HERE.

And for the holiday (spelled differently) –this week was media night for the opening of The Polar Express at Union Station. Our family thoroughly enjoyed it and if you get a chance you should definitely go. For more CLICK HERE.

Last week, it was fun to see two Lindenwood alumni broadcasting at their alma mater– Congrats to Earl Austin, Jr. and Bob Ramsey on the special night of doing Lindenwood’s first Division I game. Lindenwood just joined the Ohio Valley Conference as the 10th full-time member for the 2022-23 school year.  (Photo courtesy Earl Austin, Jr. Facebook)

Our next newsletter will be a special “St. Louis Sports Fans Gift Guide” and it will contain links to buying Cardinals , Blues, FC and any items that sports fans in Cardinal Nation would love. When you buy from our links, it supports and is the same merchandise you can buy anywhere else. If you can’t figure out what to get — they even have Fanatics gift cards.

Thanks for reading.


To read Rob Rains article with quotes from Goldschmidt CLICK HERE.

To read Rob’s latest feature, CLICK HERE.
Thinking about holiday gifts? How about a Fanatics Gift Certificate

Audio: Rob on KMOX Radio

Rob Rains was on KMOX as a guest with Matt Pauley on Thursday night after the MVP announcement. To hear the interview CLICK HERE.
More Awards for the Cardinals

MLB announced Paul Goldschmidt won the National League MVP on Thursday night.  He can set it on the shelf with the other awards he took home for the 2022 season.

The Hank Aaron Award recognizes the best offensive performer in the National and American League and Cardinals’ first baseman Goldschmidt won for the NL.

Nolan Arenado and Goldschmidt won the Louisville Silver Slugger award

Nolan Arenado was announced at the Rawlings Gold Glove Award Dinner this past weekend that he won the Platinum Glove. He had already won the Gold Glove Award and the Platinum Glove is given out to one player in each league.

Winter Warm-Up will have a new look and a new venue

To find out the new plans for this year’s Winter Warm-Up, CLICK HERE.


*Drury Hotels

*Norrenberns Lumber & Hardware

* Tosi and Tosie Dental

*Crawford-Butz  Auto, Home & Business Insurance

*MB Health Insurance

*Rains General Store

 ** Buy BLUES Gear


Get your 2023 STL Cardinals Desk Box Calendar

Great gift idea!  CLICK HERE.
Would you like a “Go Cards” holiday ornament? They are our free gift to you

Custon Stickers and Pins– donated Christmas ornaments as gifts at our Rainbows for Kids Trivia Night and we really appreciate them for the donation.

We have several left and we would love to give one to any of our newsletter readers who contact us, while supply lasts. Just email us back with your mailing address and we’ll mail it out to you. First come first served. Here is the link to their products in case you are looking for corporate items. CLICK HERE.

Just released today! Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina career stats bobbleheads. CLICK HERE.
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Just Posted a Story about the Polar Express

We really enjoyed Media Night on the Polar Express. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants a terrific family night.

Martin Mathews,  co-founder of Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club dies at age 97

Martin Mathews was known by many for his generosity and for his friendliness.”He was good friend for many years,,” said photographer Bill Greenblatt. “I was privileged to photograph his last birthday…..97 on 2/17/2022.”
(Photo is from St. Louis Sports HOF)

Thanks to those of you who supported our Rainbows for Kids Trivia Night Fundraiser

Thank you to all who came to — or helped with– our Wedding-themed Trivia Night Fundraiser. It was a lot of fun and a big success.Several of you bought tables and donated– we thank you so much!
If you were unable to participate but would like to make a great end-of-the year donation to send us over the top, you can do it online: Tax deductible online donation: to Rainbows for Kids:
Huntington’s Disease Has Fund Raiser in Shrewsbury Tonight

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s (HDSA) Missouri Chapter will host the Missouri Celebration of Hope: Family Is Everything Harvest on Friday, November 18th at 6:30 PM at Shrewsbury City Center: Sunset Room in St. Louis.  For info- CLICK HERE.
Get your K. C. Chiefs gear through us

When you order your Fanatics gear from this link, you are supporting STLSportsPage.comGo to gallery: CLICK HERE.
Good Crowd Tests out the New Soccer Facility

Citypark Stadium was open for business  Wednesday night, with an exhibition game, and it gave everyone a chance to see the venue and for the workers to get used to it. The temperatures were in the  30’s but attendance was more than 22,000.

To browse the St. Louis FC fan gear CLICK HERE.

She wanted to bond with her dad so she combined golf with Cardinals Baseball

Chelsea Lancaster and her father, Scott, had a memorable day at Busch Stadium for the  Upper Deck Golf Experience supporting Stand Up to Cancer recently. Though the weather was frosty, their hearts were warm.  It was the first time she had ever golfed with her dad and it meant a lot to her in many ways.“My Dad and I have never really had anything in common to bond over, so I decided it was time to learn how to golf,” said Chelsea. “Golf is his favorite past-time. His second favorite past-time is listening to his beloved Cardinals.”The Stand Up To Cancer Golfing Event held at Busch Stadium had a little of both of his favorites– golf and the stadium. The event had a special place in her heart for another reason too.“My nephew Nicholas passed away from cancer so the day was very special to me in many ways.”The timing of the event was perfect.

“When I heard about the event, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to surprise my dad with these tickets on his birthday back in September.,” said Chelsea. “It definitely gave us something to look forward to; and the day didn’t disappoint.”

What Scott Lancaster didn’t know was that Chelsea was taking golf lessons so she could have something in common with him.

“I was secretly learning how to play golf, and until I surprised him with the tickets he didn’t know, This was the first time he saw me hit a golf ball. It was brutally cold and we even saw some flurries, but it only made it more memorable. How many people can say they golfed at Busch Stadium….in the snow?!”

“It was a great first nine holes for my golfing debut,” she said.

Chelsea said that when her dad is not at work, he is playing golf or watching the Cardinals.

“I’m really dedicated to volleyball.,” she said. “It’s pretty difficult to teach a 60-something to spike a ball, so I thought if I learned golf it would be a great opportunity for us to grow closer while being active. It was a great day that I won’t forget.”

And judging from the pictures, it looks like she really hit a home run with her dad’s birthday gift.

Tony LaRussa retirement souvenir

Forbes Magazine said: “The oldest manager in the majors didn’t have the heart to continue,” but fans know the former Cards skipper, Tony La Russa has a lot of heart. He ended a two-year second stint with the Chicago White Sox on the eve of his 78th birthday on doctor’s orders. LaRussa gave Cardinals fans many great memories. To check out the Tony LaRussa Retirement Bobble, CLICK HERE.


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